Selin ATAY-TDO- Fierce Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma as doctors fight for his life after he was poisoned Thursday morning.
Russian politician Navalny, de facto opposition leader to President Vladimir Putin, was on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow when he fell sick. The plane was forced to make an emergency stop in the Siberian city of Omsk.
Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which Navalny founded in 2011, shared information related to Russian opposition leader via her twitter account.
"We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious." She said.
“Doctors are really dealing with saving his life right now,” the hospital representative Anatoly Kalinichenko said at a briefing with reporters. She said she was sure it was “an intentional poisoning.”
“I think this is a targeted poisoning organized by the FSB and ordered by Vladimir Putin because Putin is terrified of the Belarus situation coming to Russia and Alexei Navalny unseating him,” Bill Browder, a prominent critic of the Kremlin, told reporters.
Russian opposition leader has long been a target of the Kremlin, and has been jailed on multiple occasions, most recently in July of 2019 for organizing opposition protests. During his time in jail, Alexei became ill and claimed he had been poisoned.
In 2017, Navalny was attacked by several men who threw antiseptic in his face, damaging one eye.